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  • Social Security questions and answers

    By Kay Louder
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville
    Question:
    Do Members of Congress have to pay into Social Security?
    Answer:

    Yes, they do. Members of Congress, the President and Vice President, federal judges, and most political appointees, have paid taxes into the Social Security program since January 1984. They pay into the system just like everyone else, no matter how long they have been in office. Learn more about Social Security benefits at www.socialsecurity.gov.

  • Why young workers should care about Social Security

    By Kay Louder
    Social Security District Manager, Gainesville

    Summer will be here before we know it. That means millions of high school and college students will be searching for jobs. Whether a new worker is beginning the career of a lifetime or just earning some extra money for the school year to come, there is one question that is likely to be on each new worker’s mind when they see their first pay stub: Where’s the rest of my money?

  • Earth Day and our very small planet

  • Today in Levy History: Two moonshine stills destroyed in Levy County

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    In December 1955, a local newspaper carried a news article about two moonshine stills in Levy County being destroyed by state and federal agents of the Beverage Department.
    One of the stills was located about two miles east of Inglis on County Road 40. It consisted of eight barrels, a 100-gallon pot and was capable of producing 16 five-gallon jugs a week. One International one-ton truck was confiscated.

  • Small island – long history

    By TONI C. COLLINS

  • Florida Energy and Climate Commission Grant

    The City of Cedar Key received the Florida Energy and Climate Commission Grant with a goal of increasing energy efficiency for our city facilities, businesses and residents. An important part of the grant is the Educational Outreach Program which the City asked the Energy Advisory Panel (EAP) to develop and implement. Some parts of this educational program are required by the grant but it was left to the EAP to devise programs that fulfill the grant’s requirements. So the following is what we have come up with.

  • Cattle killed by train at the Waccasassa River

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    A hearing was held before the County Court of Levy County on May 7, 1877, on the case filed by Willis R. Medlin against the Atlantic, Gulf and West India Transit Company Railroad.
    At issue was the recovery of the cost of one cow and one four-year-old steer killed at the Waccasassa River trestle by the locomotive of a train traveling to Bronson from the Cedar Keys.

  • Williston Grammer School closes early – no funds

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    In April of 1929, a group called the Patrons of Williston Grammar School contacted Florida Gov. Doyle E. Carlton to lodge a complaint against the Levy County School Board.  At issue was the closing of the grammar school two months early, while the high school continued classes for the full eight-month term.

  • An ounce of prevention is ... priceless

    By Michael Edwards
    MA, CHES, RHEd, CNC

  • Today in Levy County History: The Civilian Conservation Corps

    By Toni C. Collins
    Levy County Historian
    In March of 1933, as many as 15 million people - a quarter of the nation’s workers - had no job and no hope of finding one. Factories lay idle, storefronts vacant, fields plowed under. State governments, cities and towns had exhausted their meager relief funds.